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6 Key Findings of Incident Reporting

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Thursday, December 13, 2018 -- 11:00 AM PT/2:00 PM ET

An exceeding number of police departments and law enforcement agencies, whose officers spend upwards of 3-4 hours a day completing incident reports and other time-sensitive paperwork*, are turning to smarter tools, such as speech recognition solutions, to help transform their police reporting workflows.

Join us on Thursday, December 13, 2018 at 2:00 PM ET to hear why these law enforcement professionals are embracing smarter tools to complete higher-quality reports and move mission-critical information within the CAD/RMS faster and more efficiently – all by voice.

This discussion will provide you with an understanding of:

  • What law enforcement has to say about current reporting processes
  • Why officers, especially recruits, want smarter tools to help with police paperwork
  • Why manual reporting has a negative impact on report accuracy and productivity and can hinder criminal proceedings
  • How departments can speed up data entry within the CAD/RMs and move mission-critical information more accurately and efficiently
  • How speech recognition technology can help increase officer safety and improve situational awareness and productivity on patrol
  • Why embracing smarter technology increases community visibility, and minimizes costs

Learn how your department can make incident reporting faster, safer and more complete by registering for our webinar today.

*Role of Technology in Law Enforcement Paperwork Survey 


Eric La Scola, Product Marketing Manager, Dragon, Nuance

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Demystifying the Convergence of LTE and LMR Networks for First Responders

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Originally aired: Thursday, December 6, 2018 -- 11:00 AM PT/2:00 PM ET

Narrowband Land Mobile Radio (LMR) networks and user radio equipment have been the cornerstone of mobile communications for First Responders for decades. The trend from traditional analog to more robust wireless broadband networks in recent years has improved the overall accessibility but questions remain on whether the new networks can provide all the required capabilities First Responders need to do their job.

Increasing demand for bandwidth intensive applications such as video, advanced mapping and analytics, alongside critical voice communications has been driving adoption of broadband LTE cellular networks, such as FirstNet.

Join our panel of industry experts for this insightful 60-minute on-demand webinar as they discuss the critical differences between LMR networks and LTE networking, how these technologies can successfully co-exist, and explore the future of critical communications for First Responders.

In this session, you will learn:

  • Current and future industry trends for LTE and LMR technologies
  • Challenges and obstacles with the convergence of technologies
  • Real-life examples of successful hybrid communication strategies for First Responders
  • Recommendations for future proofing your agency; adoption of new technologies and how to bridge the gap


Tony Morris, VP North American Sales, Enterprise Solutions, Sierra Wireless

Jesus Gonzalez, Analyst II, Critical Communications, IHS Markit

Ken Rehbehn, Principal Analyst, Critical Communications Insights

Andrew Seybold, Senior Partner, Andrew Seybold Inc.

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Cold Cases: National Databases and Cold Case Investigations

May 01, 2003  |  by POLICE Staff

The FBI administers several national databases that have played a critical role in numerous cold case investigations.


FBI archivers have been collecting fingerprints since the 1920, but it’s only in the last few years that this archive has become instantly accessible to investigators nationwide. as the Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS).

Each day about 50,000 submissions are added to the IAFIS. Submissions include convicted offender fingerprints as well as casework, involving known and unknown suspects, and all of this information has been invaluable to investigators who work cold cases.

The success of IAFIS is driven not just by computer technology but also by digital imaging technology. Digital imaging lets technicians perform enhancements on fingerprints that can reduce background interference, increase contrast, sharpen, and perform a number of other operations that make what were once invalid prints usable.


The greatest single advancement in investigative technology perhaps since the discovery of fingerprints has been short tandem repeat (STR) DNA analysis. Of course, DNA profiles have no value unless they can be matched to a suspect. That’s why the FBI administers the Combined DNA Index Program (CODIS), a database that contains more than 1 million 13 loci STR DNA profiles.

The CODIS database is one of the best tools for closing cold cases, especially cases that feature well-preserved physical evidence and that predate contemporary DNA-gathering techniques. Technicians can now develop profiles from a minute amount of biological material when just a decade ago that same profile would have required a sample the size of a dime. For example, profiles can now be derived from epithelial cells like the ones that an investigator might find on the checkered grip of a handgun.


The National Center for the Analysis of Violent Crime (NCAVC) provides support for law enforcement agencies investigating current or cold cases. NCAVC also administers the Violent Criminal Apprehension Program (VICAP).

VICAP is a national database that collects, analyzes, and maintains specific information regarding solved and unsolved homicides, missing persons and kidnappings, and unidentified dead bodies. The database is compiled from reports filed by law enforcement agencies on cases meeting the above criteria. Each incoming report is entered into a database and cases with similarities are identified and disseminated to the involved agencies.


In addition to the FBI databases listed above, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (BATF) maintains a national ballistics database called the National Integrated Ballistics Information Network (NIBIN). NIBIN was established in 1997 to combine multiple ballistics databases into one national network. NIBIN includes information on firearms, bullets, and cartridge casings, and as additional data is entered into the system, the probability of matching ballistics information from a cold case increases.

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Phyllis Cook @ 12/16/2016 7:28 PM

Please see Justice For Ronnie & Daddy....My brother was murdered in 1967-- gun shot wound to the head. case closed as suicide---- My father a retired Police Officer/Court Bailiff was murdered in his drive way 2003. gun shot wound to the head. In 2013 after speaking with Cold Case Investigator with the Harrison County Police Dept. I was told he was 99% sure my brother was murderd by a member of the Dixie Mafia in 1967. As we shared info. I realize my father was murdered due to information he with held on the Murders of Judge Vincent Sherry and wife in Biloxi, MS.. I now need help in bringing this killer to Justice... I picked the alleged killer from a 6 man line up ..Now I'm back to being told someone will get back with me... Well it's been 49 years and I'm still waiting. Any one with any information please e-mail me [email protected] or call Erica Morse of Victims News On Line 432-213-4325.

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